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David Gura is a reporter for Marketplace, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He regularly reports on Congress and the White House, economic and fiscal policy and the implementation of financial reform. Gura joined Marketplace in 2010, and enjoys helping listeners make sense of some of the biggest economic stories today. He likes the process of diving headfirst into a story and putting it together under a tight deadline, and tries to heed a piece of advice from George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker: “Cover Washington as if it’s a foreign capital.” Prior to joining Marketplace, Gura worked at NPR as an editor and a producer, and as a reporter for “The Two-Way,” NPR’s news blog. Gura got his start in public radio in his hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C., as an intern for “The State of Things” at North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC.   Gura has received fellowships from Stanford University and the National Constitution Center. He has also participated in conferences organized by the French-American Foundation and Washington University in St. Louis.   Gura attended Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and American studies, with a concentration in Latin-American studies. He attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a master’s degree.  

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Features by David Gura

Everybody loses as the FAA remains unfunded

Congress has gone on vacation without funding the FAA. Now inspectors have to work without pay, and the nation goes $1.2 billion short
Posted In: Airlines

Debt deal won't cut entitlements

If members of Congress agree to this new debt deal, entitlement programs won't be cut -- at least initially. But big cuts could come in the second round

Cuts you can count on

Whatever the ultimate debt ceiling deal, some things are certain

If debt deadline is missed, who will get paid?

At some point, the U.S. government will have to decide who gets paid and who doesn't, if Congress and the president don't agree on a new debt ceiling. Some government obligations will have priority over others

Cutting spending will hurt jobs

Neither debt ceiling plan under debate in Congress addresses the nation's high unemployment -- they only cut government spending. Economists say the question isn't whether that will hurt employment, it's by how much?
Posted In: Jobs

In the debt ceiling debate, Obama warns of worst case scenario

After months of debate, only two debt plans are currently on the table: a Democratic plan that avoids cutting Medicare and Social Security, and the Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling in stages.

AT&T presses its case for merger

The giant phone company delivers more data to the Federal Communications Commission to support its argument that a merger with T-Mobile will improve service and even cut costs for consumers.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

How the Dodd-Frank rules are made

One year after President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act, more than 300 new rules for the financial sector are on the way. How banks and other interests go about shaping them is fairly straightforward, at least to start: Write a letter. Get in line to talk to the rule-makers.
Posted In: Banks

Balanced-budget amendment would do what?

A Republican proposal for an amendment requiring the U.S. government to balance its budget won't pass Congress. But it's worth looking at why the government doesn't have that requirement.

Clorox, meet your activist investor

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has offered to buy Clorox for $10 billion, which would give him a major say in the company's fiscal operations.
Posted In: Retail

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